League of Legends 2021 World Championship Group Stages Set and Day 1 Review
With the Play-in stages of the 2021 LoL World Championship yielding the four remaining qualifiers for the group stages, and Day 1 of the Group Stages complete, there’s a lot to review.
Both LNG Esports and DetonatioN FocusMe qualified in round one of the play-in stage, it comes to no one’s surprise that the teams immediately below them, Cloud9 and Hanwha Life Esports took the two remaining spots in the second round of play-ins.
With the groups filled, day one of the group stage yielded a critical upset, but otherwise mostly predictable results.
The finalized group stages are as follows:
- DAMWON Gaming
- FunPlus Phoenix
- EDward Gaming
- 100 Thieves
- DetonatioN FocusMe
- PSG Talon
- Royal Never Give Up
- Hanwha Life Esports
- MAD Lions
- Gen.G Esports
- Team Liquid
- LNG Esports
Day 1 Overview
DWG KIA v FunPlus Phoenix
DWG KIA win.The reigning champions of the 2020 LoL WCS championship in DWG KIA demolished FPX in one of the most one-sided matches of the day. With the final kill tally at 18-2, the defending champions surprised absolutely no one, demonstrating their intentions to secure a back-to-back championship win.
Royal Never Give Up v PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up win. RNG took a swift, early lead with a 2000 gold lead by the seven-minute mark. While PSG did not give in easily and put up a good fight, securing the only baron of the game, RNG secured Infernal Soul and was able to farm up enough gold with their advantage to make a successful assault on PSG’s nexus.
Hanwha Life Esports v Fnatic
HLE Win. Although the early stages of the game were contested and it was either team’s game, Fnatic took an early lead that was quickly taken over by HLE. After HLE took the lead, the game was in their hands. With a final tally of 25-5 kills, HLE asserted dominance similar to that of DWG KIA over FPX, only allowing Fnatic to secure one objective to their five.
LNG Esports v Gen.G
Gen.G win. One of the less active games of the match, both teams played very carefully to avoid snowballing from any lane. Nonetheless, Gen.G secured a pivotal first blood that allowed them to secure two drakes and a rift herald. With this sizeable objective lead, Gen.G was able to sweep the rest of the game, without deaths, leaving a final kill tally of 1-8 in favor of Gen.G.
DetonatioN FocusMe v T1
T1 win. Possibly the most decorated team in League of Legends history, T1 want the championship. Posting a kill tally reminiscent of the domination of their early WCS championships, T1 easily defeated the play-in qualifier DetonatioN FocusMe 2-22.
Edward Gaming v 100 Thieves
Edward Gaming win. One of the slower matches of the day, NA LCS champions 100T secured first blood after a silent first 10 minutes, but Edward Gaming’s focus on objective plays allowed them to secure pivotal ganks and the rest of the game. The final kill tally was 19-6, with total objective control belonging to Edward Gaming.
Team Liquid v MAD Lions
Team Liquid win. In one of the more surprising upsets of day one, TL took an early lead with first blood, but MAD Lions responded resiliently trading even and positive. Looking good for MAD Lions, they overextended after TL secured the baron, got turned on and shut down. With this team wipe, TL rushed MAD Lions’ nexus and secured the game.
Cloud9 v Rogue
Rogue win. In a classic NA V EU rivalry match, the game was very close for almost its entirety. A late game baron play for Rogue followed by a triple kill, allowed the EU favorites to end the game through top with an 8-16 kill tally.